On-Demand Meditation Level 1 Course – With Gregor Maehle

Price in Australian Dollars: AU$299
At the time of writing in foreign currency, this was US$192, €176, £154
Students who have previously completed one of our respective in-person teacher training events  can register at a 50% discount. Please email us for a discount code.


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Course Details

Online Course
On-Demand. All lessons available permanently and indefinitely.

Meditation Level 1 Course

Total Hours
~14 Hours
~14 Lesson Course

Course Overview

This is our foundational meditation course, consisting of 14 lessons with each lesson approximately 60 minutes long. During the LIVE version, questions can be asked. The recorded version is available immediately after each LIVE session is completed. All other meditation courses are built on this course and participation in our Level 2 and 3 courses is dependent on either completing this online course or one of our in-person teacher trainings events.

Yogic Meditation

Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole. Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state
 so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness. To accelerate spiritual evolution yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualization and Kundalini-raising techniques. The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian and primate ancestry respectively. By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centres and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.


  • Capacity to sit comfortably in a meditation posture
  • Preferably empty stomach, i.e. practice before food and not after food


  • None
Course Syllabus
1. Yogic Meditation and Kundalini
  • Purpose of Meditation as lifting Kundalini back up to Ajna chakra
  • Why Patanjali does not mention Kundalini?
  • What is Kundalini?
  • Aurobindo’s meditation
2. Right Posture and Purification of Central Channel
  • Five right postures for meditation and underlying principles
  • Importance of purifying central nadi according to Krishnamacharya
  • Soham meditation
3.Importance of Chosing Sattvic Meditation Objects
  • Potential dangers of meditation
  • Importance of sattvic vs tamasic and rajasic objects
  • Necessity of alternate nostril breathing to support meditation
  • Why awareness as the subject is intially not suitable as object
  • Krishna’s Gita Meditation
4. Necessity to Turn Apana Around
  • Apana as main obstacle to lift Kundalini
  • Mitahara – what is yogic diet
  • Peristalsis and fasting
  • Dvadashanta Mediation from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
5. Converting Pitta into Agni
  • Nauli and the ignition of intelligence
  • Bhavana and Sankalpa
  • 6-stage breath waves for Shavasana and Kundalini-raising
6. Pratyahara as Arresting Luner Prana in Cranium
  • Amrita siddhi and the senses
  • Goraksha Shatakas interpretation
  • Extending inversions cautiously
  • Visualizing 6 spheres of light strung on the agni nadi
7. Thought and Breath Move Together
  • Meditation needs at least respiratory, visual and audio components
  • Necessity of feedback mechanism to slow down breath
  • Involve as many senses as possible
  • Visualize chakras as lotus flowers facing upwards to the sun of consciousness
8. Chakras as Evolutionary Brain Circuitry
  • Yajnavalkya’s approach to pratyahara
  • Origin of the bija mantras
  • Muladhara chakra and linking the bija akshara LAM
9. Svadhishthana Chakra
  • Function and purpose
  • Linking the bija akshara VAM to its location
10. Manipura Chakra
  • Function and purpose
  • Linking the bija akshara RAM to its location
11. Anahata Chakra
  • Function and purpose
  • Linking the bija akshara YAM to its location
12. Vishuddha Chakra
  • Function and purpose
  • Linking the bija akshara HAM to its location
13. Ajna Chakra
  • Function and purpose
  • Linking the bija akshara OM to its location
14. Why not meditate only on one chakra at a time?
  • Right time to meditate and how long
  • Chakra colours
  • Integrating with other mediyations such as vipassana.
  • Increasing number of bija-akshara per chakra
Technology Notes
  • Please set your playback resolution to 540 or lower during the live session. Do not keep it on the “auto” playback, which can be inconsistent. To change the resolution, hover over the player bar, click on the settings cog, and select 540 or 240. If in doubt whether your connection is fast enough initially select 240.
  • If the video does not start, try refreshing your browser and/or your computer/device. Vimeo works best with Google Chrome.
  • Please check your audio output before class starts. This can be done via the sound settings in your system preferences.
Event Information


Upon Purchase:

*The videos are available indefinitely. All lessons are permanently available without expiry.

Upon Purchase:
You will receive a purchase receipt and shortly after an email titled “Important information for the event…”. This email will include all information regarding access to the On-Demand event. The videos are available indefinitely and permanently without expiry. All video-footage copyright 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga Pty Ltd 2020.


June 18, 2024
5:29 pm


Gregor is a life-long yogi and has over 40 years of experience of yoga study and practice!



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